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October 20, 2014

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, pupils at Sheringham High School road tested a new 'Stop Homophobic Bullying' education pack

Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying.

The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the Norfolk area since 2007.

October 16, 2014

This homoerotic 2015 calendar, intended as a ‘tribute to social acceptance,’ is already ruffling feathers and raising temperatures

A 2015 calendar featuring nude and semi-nude ‘priests’ is campaigning against homophobia in the Orthodox Church.

As the Catholic Church retracts its historic statements of support for the LGBTI community worldwide, some members of the Orthodox Church want to tackle gay hate in a ‘bold,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘ironic’ way.

October 12, 2014

Today (12 October) marks the 16th anniversary of the death of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard. His parents have spoken out about homophobia, hate, their son's death and the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

Matthew Shepard was killed in a brutal gay bashing that shocked the world.

He was abducted and tortured by two men, before being left to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

Discovered 18 hours later, he was taken to hospital but died six days later on 12 October 1998 from the severe head injuries that he had suffered. He was 21.

His attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for the crime.

September 8, 2014

In an exclusive piece for Gay Star News, UK Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan explains why the commitment to equality cannot end at Britain’s shores

It’s a source of great pride to me that the UK has been recognized by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as being a European leader in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the fourth year running.

It’s thanks to the heroic work and unrelenting passion of campaigners and activists that LGBT young people growing up in Britain today can be confident that society is on their side.

August 20, 2014

One in four people in same-sex relationships suffer from domestic violence or abuse in the UK

A charity providing support to LGBT victims of domestic abuse has thanked the UK government for planning to amend the law.

Home Secretary Theresa May is considering introducing a new criminal offence of domestic abuse to include emotional and psychological harm inflicted by a partner within a relationship.

The government is looking to strengthen the law by explicitly stating domestic abuse covers coercive and controlling behavior.

August 4, 2014

New Stonewall chief, Ruth Hunt, has spoken about the organisation’s future plans to tackle homophobia in schools

In one of her first major interviews since becoming the new chief of UK-based LGBT rights charity, Stonewall, Ruth Hunt has said that she believes educating pre-primary school children that families come in all shapes and sizes – including single and same-sex parents – is vital in helping to tackle homophobia.

Speaking to The Independent newspaper, she said that she wants Stonewall to commission books ‘celebrating difference in all its forms for under-fives.’

July 25, 2014

Giving every gay man, bisexual and straight woman a chance to do good AND look at some very hot naked guys

Meet the Warwick Rowers. If you’re unfamiliar, for the past few years this British club has been taking off their clothes to fight homophobia in sport.

Created in 2009, the guys have raised more than £100,000 ($170,000, €125,000) for the charity Sport Allies.

With both gay and straight rowers in the squad, they say they are ‘honored’ to do their part to tackle anti-LGBTI discrimination.

July 7, 2014

World's soccer governing body has been criticized for failing to tackle homophobia at the current World Cup being held in Brazil

FIFA has admitted Russia is so homophobic, the world soccer governing body will need a ‘special task force’ to deal with it at the next World Cup.

Jeffrey Webb, FIFA’s anti-discrimination chief, has said the organization will need to deploy staff specifically trained to tackle homophobic abuse the next time the world comes together to play football.

LGBTI fans have condemned the body for failing to tackle homophobic and racist abuse properly at the World Cup in Brazil.

July 4, 2014

Reports of homophobic hate crime went up by 7% and transphobic hate crime went up by 65% in the last year

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is appealing to Londoners to help tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime is hoping to enable the LGBTI community to feel confident in reporting crimes to the police.

In order to do this, they have asked LGBTI Londoners to fill out a consultation so they can inform a new strategy to be revealed in autumn this year.

Stephen Greenhalgh, the deputy mayor for policing crime, said: ‘Levels of hate crime are too high and there is significant under-reporting.

June 9, 2014

Participants inspired by accomplishment but also saddened after one rider dies during her 13th year as a rider

Thousands of riders arrived at the finish line of the 545-mile AIDS LifeCycle in Los Angeles weary but jubilant Saturday (7 June) after completing a seven-day journey that had begun in San Francisco.

Their efforts resulted in a record $15 million being raised to support the HIV/AIDS services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

May 12, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says while he realises homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice

Church of England has revealed its plan to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has told all Anglican schools in England the Bible should not be used to justify homophobic behavior.

While the guidance recognizes homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice.

April 27, 2014

Mersyside police have promised to crack down on homophobic and transphobic crimes, which figures show are on the rise

The police and crime commissioner for Merseyside, UK has promised to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crimes, which figures show are on the increase.

Jane Kennedy has said she is committed to stamping out these hate crimes, which police figures show have increased from 2012 to 2013.

Numbers show there were 1,256 incidents of hate crimes in 2013, 11% of these were homophobic and 4% were transphobic.

Altogether the figures show a 7% increase from hate crimes reported in 2012.

April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

March 27, 2014

Private Chinese companies and western firms leading on LGBTI workplace issues but state-owned enterprises still lagging, says organizer

Top Chinese and western firms have met for a summit in Shanghai on how to support LGBTI workers, many of who are still in the closet.

Chinese companies often say they don’t know of any LGBTI staff – but now they are starting to tackle the issues.

The summit today (27 March), thought to be the first of its kind in China, brought together 120 people from around 100 companies, about 10% of which were Chinese.

Among them was HSBC, IBM and Chinese computer company Lenovo but 50 Fortune 500 firms were represented.

March 18, 2014

Almost 40% of players have witnessed homophobia in the stands while a shocking one in four have seen it in the training grounds and changing room

Top soccer stars have revealed anti-gay abuse and racism is still ‘rife’ in English football.

Over 200 current players across all four tiers of the game were asked about their views.

It is known that homophobia is common in the stands, with almost 40% witnessing anti-gay abuse.

But in the training ground or in the changing room, a shocking one in four have seen homophobia.

Racial abuse is noticed by more than half, with almost a quarter of them being subjected to it.

March 14, 2014

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation discuss the dangers when companies like O2 to AOL block LGBTI information and services online, and what you can do to help

You may not realize, but LGBTI people are regularly blocked from seeing information on the Internet, simply because of their sexuality.

This is homophobia, and it’s not being challenged. Web filtering is preventing people from accessing vital services and information on health, wellbeing, and sexual health.

This could lead to serious health and wellbeing issues. We want you to understand the scale of the issue, and how you can tackle it.

March 2, 2014

A provisional deal has been made to allow a gay group to participate in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for the first time in over 20 years, but only if members make no reference to their sexual orientation
 

A tentative deal has been struck to allow a gay rights group to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, after a two decade ban.

Gay rights groups haven’t been able to march in the annual parade since 1993, and in 1995 the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that organizers could exclude anyone they wanted.

Although details of the deal are not yet clarified, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he was ‘optimistic that a solution can be reached that will work for all parties involved’.

January 16, 2014

LGBTI Travel Show debate will ask experts and visitors: Should you refuse to visit homophobic and transphobic countries for business and leisure?

Should you boycott homophobic and transphobic countries on your holidays? Would you refuse to travel to them for business?

That’s the question facing a panel of experts and the audience on Sunday (19 January) in a debate on ‘The ethics of LGBTI travel’ at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show.

January 12, 2014

New trivia game attempts to tackle gay stigma and teach players about LGBT history

A new board game hopes to tackle negative connotations associated with the common playground insult ‘that’s so gay’ by reclaiming it as a phrase of LGBT empowerment.

With over 2,400 questions on LGBT affairs past and present, That’s So Gay! A Game of LGBTQ Discovery teaches players about gay history and popular culture in a fun and competitive way that both kids and adults can get involved in.

January 9, 2014

At the upcoming Gay Star Beach Party on 18 and 19 January, LGBTI community leaders debate the pros and cons of activism and the ethics of traveling to anti-LGBTI destinations

As members of the LGBTI community, how do we best help our ‘family’ in countries where anti-LGBTI laws exist?

With protests against Uganda and Russia’s anti-gay laws making global headlines, Gay Star News wants to discuss if there’s something different we could be doing to fight anti-LGBTI legislation.

January 2, 2014

Michael Johnson called homosexuality 'detestable' and refused to back association's anti-homophobia campaign in 2012

Retired pro footballer Michael Johnson is proving to be a controversial pick for The Football Association's new Inclusion Advisory Board to tackle discrimination in all its forms.

In 2012, Johnson is seen on video (below) refusing to endorse an anti-homophobia campaign saying: 'Because of my beliefs, because of the Bible that I read, in the Bible it does state that homosexuality is detestable unto the Lord.'

The FA was apparently unaware of Johnson's remarks and he now insists he no longer holds such an anti-gay belief.

November 19, 2013

As it is revealed 99% of all gay teens hear homophobic language in schools, Anglican chiefs admit they must do more to curb homophobia in the playground

The Church of England has announced it will be aiming to tackle homophobic bullying in Church schools.

It will be working with gay rights group Stonewall in order to tackle the suffering many young gay teens face while they are at a religious school.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford, revealed the collaboration yesterday (18 November) on day one of a three-day meeting of the ruling general synod.

November 18, 2013

Gay pop star Will Young: 'It's clear from the shocking levels of self-harm and suicide among gay young people that we're failing an entire generation'

A new British school campaign has launched as 99% of gay teens reveal they have heard homophobic language.

Nearly every single young LGB person spoken to by gay campaigning charity Stonewall said they had heard phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ at school.

Polling by Mumsnet also shows 68% of parents are unaware of any school policies to tackle homophobic bullying and language.

Fronted by gay pop star Will Young, the new campaign is urging schools and students to tackle the derogatory use of the word gay.

November 17, 2013

Ofsted inspectors are now quizzing English schools about their homophobic bullying policies

Government inspectors in England are finally cracking down on schools that fail to tackle homophobic bullying – 10 years after the death of Section 28.

Ofsted, the official inspectors of English schools, is now investigating whether schools they visit are fighting anti-gay bullying and teaching about same-sex families.

A poor Ofsted report can wreck a school’s reputation and cause it to be forced to improve with managers, staff and governors sacked.

Tomorrow (18 November) marks 10 years since the UK scrapped Section 28.